Located in Moore County, Pinehurst is a New England-style village known for its golf courses and an abundance of sunny days heavily spent doing outdoor activities like playing lawn sports. Pinehurst has the amenities of a larger city without the heavy population and traffic.
Climate and Geography
The climate in North Carolina is categorized as humid subtropical, meaning summers are hot and humid while winters are cold to mild and rainy. Pinehurst gets an average of 47 inches of rain, 3 inches of snow, and 213 sunny days per year.
Moore County is located in the Piedmont Region of Central North Carolina, right along the fall line that borders the Coastal Plains. The area surrounding Pinehurst is mostly made up of gently sloping hills with some rocky terrain. Several small creeks run through the village's borders and there are two small bodies of water: Pinehurst Lake and Watson Lake.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of Pinehurst’s top attractions include Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, Pinehurst Harness Track, Tufts Archives and Broadhurst Gallery. The village also offers residents many options in outdoor recreation activities, like lawn sports, a putting course, the cradle short course, a village arboretum, and a shopping area in the village center.
Residents who want to visit nearby cities can reach the state capitol, Charlotte, in about two hours. Other opportunities for day trips and weekend getaways can be found in the Piedmont Triad—the local name for the Greensboro-Winston-Salem metro area—or in the city of Raleigh, both of which are just under an hour and a half away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The effective income tax rate of North Carolina is 5.49 percent for single filers and joint filers. Social Security benefits are exempt in the state, but all other forms of retirement income are taxed at the normal rate. North Carolina also has a program called “Bailey exemption” which allows the exemption of government state, local, and military retirement plans for retirees if they meet certain qualifications.
Although property taxes are already lower than most states, North Carolina offers tax aid programs to homeowners, like the Elderly or Disabled Exclusion program, or the state’s circuit breaker tax deferment program.
The Pinehurst community can seek health care services from regionally ranked FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital which is recognized as high performing in several conditions by U.S. News. Other options include Hoke Hospital, FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, and Central Carolina Hospital.